Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

The (Research) Showcase Must Go On!

Published Date: May 19, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Students in the Huntley College of Agriculture didn’t let the coronavirus shelter-in-place order stop them from making presentations on their research.

Sixteen undergraduates and five graduate students gave individual or group poster presentations via Zoom videoconferencing on May 1 at the college’s Student Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities Showcase.

About 50 people were online for the event, which saw a total of 15 poster presentations. Attendees visited each presentation in online video “breakout rooms.”

Nearly half the projects were course related, while nearly a third were funded by grants or through the California State University Agricultural Research Institute. The remainder were independent scholarly projects.

The Department of Apparel Merchandising and Management and the food science and technology major were the most represented from the college.

Three prizes were awarded:

  • Faculty research advisor with the most student submissions: Assistant Professor Gabriel Davidov, Department of Nutrition and Food Science
  • Faculty instructor with the most course project submissions: Associate Professor Helen Trejo, Department of Apparel Merchandising and Management
  • Most Popular Student Poster Display (decided by attendees voting online): Richard Mai for his presentation of “Inactivation of Foodborne Spoilage and Pathogenic Microorganisms in Commercial Juices by Synergistic Applications of Lauric Arginate and Mild thermal Processing.”

In addition, the College of Science and the College of Engineering each had graduate students presenting during the showcase. Eight biology students also joined the online event.